Today India announced its squad for the Test series against West Indies, which will be touring India next month. The opposition is West-Indies which is probably not the best in the world but a notable omission from the squad is Harbhajan Singh.
The announced squad includes:
Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Yuvraj Singh, R Ashwin, Pragyan Ojha, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Virat Kohli, Varun Aaron, Ajinkya Rahane, Rahul Sharma.
MS Dhoni will be captain and wicket-keeper.
Why Harbhajan Singh was dropped?
The off-spinner has been controversial and a great fighter. He has taken over 400 wickets in test matches. But let’s go over his test record for the year 2011.
Test Record of Harbhajan Singh in 2011
Those numbers have been pathetic when compared to his career where he averages more than 4 wickets per test match. I think unlike other cricketers; he has not got a rest. He has played continuously for over a year, until getting injured in England. Even after a comeback he should have bowled in longer format in the Irani Trophy rather than playing Champions League for Mumbai Indians; then that is a different argument for a different post.
Maybe a break would do him a lot of good and not harm. But being over 30, it might be difficult to make a comeback with youngsters breathing down his neck.
What are your views on Harbhajan Singh being dropped from the Test team? Do drop in your comments.
(Stats complied with Stats Guru)